The UK Government has announced that funding has been approved for repairs to a flood defence wall in Matlock Derbyshire. This will benefit over 50 homes and businesses by reinstating the River Derwent flood defences.
Preparatory work is expected to start in early June and, while options are still being assessed, it is likely this will involve temporary alterations to Matlock Bridge to reinstate 2-way traffic for a period.
These essential works will pave the way for the main construction work due to begin in summer to replace the flood wall behind businesses in Crown Square, Matlock that collapsed after this year’s February storms. Local people are invited to a community drop-in event in Matlock on 19 May from 2:30pm to 5:30pm to find out more about these essential preparatory works and the expected impact on roads and traffic.
The longer-term work to reinstate the River Derwent flood defences follows a temporary measure that the Environment Agency carried out last month in which 100 2-tonne rock-filled bags were transferred by crane into the River Derwent, adding to the 50 bags that were placed there in February to reduce erosion and limit damage to the Environment Agency flood wall.